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Tsavo East National Park

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... is the section of the enormous Tsavo conservation area which lies to the north of the main Nairobi to Mombasa road in the Southeast Kenya.

At 13,747 square kilometres, Tsavo East is a very large tract of land which was originally known as the Taru Desert when it was first gazetted back in 1948.

This is a particularly arid area, with vast open plains lying to the east of the impressive Yatta Escarpment, which is said to be the world's longest continuous lava flow, formed millions of years ago by outflow from the Ol Doinyo Sabuk volcano. Most of the wildlife action takes place along the Tiva, Galana and Voi rivers which bisect the reserve, alongside which most of the camps are situated.

Despite this being a rather interesting safari area, we very rarely consider Tsavo East for inclusion in trips. Because of its proximity to the coast, Tsavo has found itself largely servicing the budget 'bush and beach' packaged holiday crowds, with fleets of minibuses coming up-country for short 1 to 3 night budget safaris.


Galdessa Camp ... is perhaps the most upmarket camp in the reserve, set alongside the Galana River around 10km from the main Voi Gate.


Visitors on higher quality flying safaris tend to stay in the Chyulu Hills area which lies between Tsavo East and Amboseli.
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